What I’ve Been Reading… & Audio Books


Let’s get right to it, shall we? Here’s what I’ve been reading…



Nobody’s Fool
by Richard Russo (fiction) – skip?

I originally had a different book – Everybody’s Fool –  on my to-read list as well as on hold at the library. I’m not sure where or how this book was recommended to me, but there was a dog on the cover, so that probably clinched it.🙂 However, before I picked the book up at the library, I noticed that it was the second book in a series. So instead, I picked up this book – #1 in the series.

To be honest, I didn’t really like this book so much. About half-way in, I had to push my way through it because I had invested so much time in the characters. While I did like the characters, I kept thinking that something was going happen. That there’d be a turning point. But there was no definite climax, in my opinion. And while it’s not a major part of the book, something that happened to a dog really upset me. Once I finished the book, I was more relieved to be done with it than anything, but also a bit peeved that I put so much time into those all of those pages. I was kind of surprised that it got such high ratings. Maybe because the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner?

Still, I did look up reviews of the sequel, Everybody’s Fool, that features a {different} dog. Some people said that the dog was their favorite character in the book. DAMN! Just when I swore I wouldn’t invest any more time in this series, it just might reel me back with the dog… as long as nothing horrible happens to him.



by Elie Wiesel (fiction) – worth a read

This is the second book in a series that started with the non-fiction Holocaust story Night. {My thoughts on that book, here.} I’m not sure why they call this a series, because it’s not really a sequel. It’s also fiction, where the first book was his own personal real-life story. But Elie Wiesel created another work of art. It’s a quick read that kept my attention. I finished it in a day, but I’m a slow reader. So many would probably finish it in a couple of hours. Now I need to read the last book of the series – Day.


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (audio)
by Amy Schumer
 (non-fiction) – must read

I haven’t been much of an audio book person, but now that my five-minute commute {poor me!} has turned into a 30-minute one, I decided I needed something to pass the time and not so much on an unhealthy focus and heightened awareness of a potential accident.

I chose Amy’s book to cheer me up during this stupid commute. First off, I am a huge fan of Amy. I think she is a hilarious as a comedian, but also a strong woman who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes. I personally love this video – a hysterically funny sketch, but with also a message.


Listening to her book on audio was strange at first. It felt like she was just reading the book. It wasn’t the normal Amy spunk and voice I’m used to. But it soon changed and I fell in love with this book, which is not a collection of her jokes. And while she states that this is not a memoir because she is not old yet old enough for that, it really is a story of her life and how she came to be where she is today – both personally and professionally.

Even if you don’t care about what her life was or is like, I think it is book that showcases a strong, independent woman, even if that was not her intention. She touches on topics such as introversion, self-discovery, body image and abuse. My favorite chapter was Letter to the Editor. I liked it so much that I went back and listened to it again. Amy is often labeled as a sex comic, but that isn’t her entire persona. You’d be surprised with the truth she shares.




A Short History of Nearly Everything (audio)
by Bill Bryson
 (non-fiction) – DNF

After finishing The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, I picked up this audio book because I wanted something else funny to listen to on my commute. One of my favorite books is Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. I remember returning from Europe and reading this book on the recumbent bike at the gym and laughing hysterically out loud, turning heads. I’ve read a couple of his other books and thought this might be a good one to pass the time.


I hit play and the voice that came out of the speakers was one with a British accent. Not only that but his style of reading was so dull and dry. I’d prefer to tread this book imaging Bryson’s voice instead. Maybe it was decided that he should not read his own book on audio; however, the person that was chosen did not suit me. I promptly took it back to the library.


When I first decided to try out audio books, I  was trying to decide if I would get the same thing out of the book if I were reading it. I kind of felt like I was cheating. But then I read a couple of great articles that explain why it’s not. Like this one. Sure, you may be using a different part of your brain to concentrate, but you really do have to focus. It’s not just passive listening. I had to back up a few times listening to the first book just because I realized that my mind was wondering. I remember this, too, the first time I tried listening to a podcast.

Still, my lesson learned is that not all audio books are created equal. How do you choose whether to read or listen? So I’m looking for suggestions. Suggestions of books that are great on audio, maybe even better that reading the book! I found a list online that I’m starting with, but would love some more ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Name books that you think are great on audio.


Big Mac Bowls


I had some ground beef that I took out of the freezer with the intention of making burgers or tacos one night. It didn’t happen. Nor did it the next day. Then my husband went out of town. I needed to use up this ground beef! I also had several other veggies I needed to use up. So I made some lunches for the work week inspired by Andie Mitchell’s Cheeseburger Salad with  Big Mac Dressing and the usual lunchtime Power Bowls {aka Throw Together Lunch} I often create after I learned of Anne’s Quick and Easy Meal Formula.


As a reminder, here is the basic formula for the bowls and what I used to create the bowls. This bowl is one that you warm in the microwave. Alternatively, you could make it salad by substituting romaine and just topping it with the hot beef later!

  1. Base – spinach
  2. Grain/Starch – cooked diced potatoes {mimicking fries, perhaps!?}
  3. Protein – cooked ground beef {You could add chopped bacon if you like that sort of thing on your burger.}
  4. Veggies – onions, tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms
  5. Fat – shredded cheddar
  6. Sauce – Big Mac Sauce: I recommend this one or Mel Jouwan’s Awesome Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed 2


And if you are looking for a recipe…

Big Mac Bowls

(Makes 4 bowls)


  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • granulated garlic, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings:
    • sauteed mushrooms
    • diced onion
    • tomatoes
    • bacon
    • any veggie or topping you desire on a burger!
  • Sauce – Big Mac Sauce: I recommend this one or Mel Jouwan’s Awesome Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed 2.


  • Heat a pot of salted water to boiling.
  • Medium dice the potatoes and throw in the pot. Cook for 20 minutes until potatoes are tender, but not mushy. Drain.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a large pan. Add the onion and sautee until translucent.
  • Add the ground beef and season with plenty of salt, pepper and granulated garlic to taste. Cook until nicely browned.
  • Make the Big Mac Sauce. I recommend this one or Mel Jouwan’s Awesome Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed 2. There are several versions out there on the interwebs!
  • If you are making these bowls in advance for lunches, let the hot items cool before assembling.
  • Divide ingredients and assemble the bowls, layering in this fashion:
    • 1 cup chopped spinach
    • 1/2 cooked diced potato (1/4 of what you made)
    • 1/4 ground beef mixture
    • toppings
    • 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 to 2 Tbsp Big Mac Sauce
  • Store in air tight containers in the fridge. When ready to eat, heat for approximately 2 minutes.

This all comes in around 400 – 500 calories depending on how lean your beef is and the kind and amount of toppings you use.

Here’s the not-so-pretty but oh-so-delicious photo of the end result after heating at work!



What I’ve Been Reading…


I have a lot of books on suspended hold at the library, but a couple I received lately were, again, brand-spanking new. What I like about having books on hold at the library is that I don’t really have to think about what I’m going to read next. If it becomes available, that’s what I’m reading!

However, the first book in this line-up was one I got from PaperBackSwap.com:


PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
by Frank Warren (non-fiction) – great coffee table book

This is a truly a work of art. Warren scattered blank postcards with his address on them across various locations with the instructions to write a secret that has never been told. This book is a collection of the postcards he received. Some are shocking, {“He’s in prison for something I’ve done.”}, others are great expressions of feelings, while still others are humorous. It’s a quick book to thumb through. People didn’t just write their secrets, some submissions were more artistic, including hand drawn pictures or photographs. It’s been said that for some people, just sending these secrets on a post card to a stranger was an incredible release of something bottled up for so long.



The Last Days of Night
by Graham Moore (fiction) – worth a read, but only if you like historical fiction and inventions

I picked this one up from the library – brand new. It’s kind of cool getting to be the first reader of a new library book. I wish there was a good way in Good Reads that I can note why I put a book on my must-read list or from where I got the recommendation. This is not a book I would normally pick off the shelf. It’s a work of historical fiction based on true events. Moore took the accounts of days of Edison’s light bulb invention and filled in the pieces with much imagination. Not knowing that much more about this period in time than that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, there is no way for me to tell what parts are fact and what parts are fiction. But who cares? I think it’s a cool concept to take historical facts and tie them together with a nice dramatic plot.



I’ll See You in Paris
by Michelle Gable
 (fiction) – worth a read

I have to admit, I was 100% drawn to this book by the cover. Little cafes in Paris are just about one of my favorite things. Blue is my favorite color, too. It makes me feel relaxed and happy. This is what the cover makes me feel. However, the majority of this book is not set in Paris! Yet, it’s still wonderful. Really, it’s a story within a story within a story. It started out a bit slow for me, but it all comes together in the end. I’m glad I was drawn to the cover instead of a descriptions because I might not have ever read it otherwise.



Roman Fever
by Edith Wharton
 (fiction) – must read

This is a short story recommended by another blogger that I follow. In fact, her exact words were my favorite short story ever.” I found it funny that I couldn’t locate this particular work of such a classic novelist at my library. It is, however, available for download for just 99 cents. I don’t have an e-reader and hate reading books on my phone. However, this one is just the right length that it is a manageable read in this manner, especially if you find yourself in an unexpected line or waiting room.

What’s the best short story you’ve ever read?

{I’m looking for suggestions!}


Bald Man Brewing


Happy Thirsty Thursday!

A couple of weekends ago marked the grand opening of a new brewery in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul!


The grand opening of Bald Man Brewing Company was on Saturday with a soft opening for family and friends a day or two prior. After seeing how packed the place was on Saturday, I am certainly glad that we didn’t take my parents there while they were in town that weekend!

Instead, Rob and I went on Sunday afternoon. There was no real signage indicating directions to the building, but we found it eventually around the back. And we were able to pull up a couple of seats to the bar. Much nicer than a packed grand opening!


As to be expected at the beginning, the beer list was rather short and somewhat basic.


I overheard a bartender tell a customer that while they currently only have four beers on tap, they plan to average about six at any given time. It sounds like their Oktoberfest will be available shortly {if it hasn’t been already by the time of this post}.

For sitting at the bar, we had quite the time getting service. I thought we were invisible because the people on either sides of us got served in no time! I went with their Tupelo Honey Brown Ale, which I vaguely recall being their signature beer.


It was fine, but I didn’t love it. In fact, I had a hard time getting in down. But I came to learn that day that I had a hard time getting any beer down. So maybe I just wasn’t feeling beer or drinking that day. Rob also tried the Misty Mountains Hops IPA, which he said was solid as far as IPAs go.

There is definitely some money invested in this taproom. I like the open and spacious floor plan.

To the left of that entrance area is even more room with more tables and an open garage door to the back patio. That concrete floor also helps make the tap room dog-friendly! Dogs were already visiting that day.🙂

Look a little more closely at those tanks and how they are labeled:

I think someone is a fan of the guitar!

Bald Man Brewing does not sell food, but on the day of their Grand Opening, a few food trucks were parked there. There was no food truck there on Sunday and no indication that food was welcomed to be brought in or delivered, but I don’t see why not. No one was doing such, though. So we went elsewhere for dinner.

Great start, Bald Man! We will be back to see what other beers you plan to concoct.





Pup Cup


Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Last weekend, while daddy was out of town, Sophie and Sham got their first Starbucks Puppuccino. It’s not on the menu, so you just have to ask. I believe they are free. {Which, if that is the case, that means that a medium Americano is about a dollar more at Starbucks than Caribou. And it takes 20 minutes to get through the Starbucks drive-thru line! DOH!}


The puppuccino has no caffeine. It’s just a bit of whipped cream in a cup. I, personally, would rather call it a Pup Cup! Needless to say, they were enjoyed.


But see Sophie up there^^? 

She tipped her cup upside down and made a mess on the seat!


Sure, she licked it clean; but the seat’s a little crusty now. What would you recommend using to clean it?

Happy Saturday!

What I’ve Been Holding at the Library


Okay, still crushing on the library!

When I last posted what I was reading on Facebook commenting how I loved the hold service at the library because I got a BRAND SPANKING NEW book {as in no one else had read it yet}, a friend commented asking how it works because she spends way too much money on books.

And since it took me sooooo long to just get in and renew my 10-year-old library card, I thought I’d give some insight on the process so that you don’t wait another moment and start utilizing your local library immediately! It’s so easy.

How to Put Books on Hold at the Library

I’m sure all libraries have a somewhat different system, but here is how my Dakota County Library works:

  • Email: When I reopened my account, the library asked me for a email address that I check all the time. They don’t spam you. I only receive an email to remind me if a book is almost due or if a book that is placed on hold is ready to pick up.
  • Library Card Number: I used to know my bank account number by heart. I had the account since I was 16. Then, a couple of years ago, I switched banks. I still don’t have that new account number memorized, but I do my library card number! You need this (and a pin or password) to access your account online. It’s here were you can put any book on hold!
  • The Queue: Once you put a book on hold {and indicate from which library you want to pick it up} you can see how far along you are in the queue for that book. You can also see how many books of each are available throughout the county. If it’s a popular book, there will be several. However, there may only be one of a particular book. If it’s checked out, it may take some time to get it. If there are several and the queue isn’t long, it’ll become available much more quickly!
  • Suspend Hold: If I am seeing that I am the 1st in a line for number of books, I can put my hold on suspension. This means if I’m not quite ready for it now, but I will be in a month, I can suspend my hold from now until a month from now. That way, I don’t have to delete it from my hold list and try to remember to put it on hold later. If I’m ready for the book before my designated suspension is up, I can cancel the suspension and, I believe, resume my place in the queue.
  • The Pick-Up: Once the book is available, I receive an email that it is ready. I have one week to pick it up or they will take it off of the hold status for me. When I go to my library, they have my book waiting for me in the “hold” section. I don’t have to ask anyone for it. I find it by my card number and last name and there is a slip in the book indicating that it is on hold for me. Not just anyone can grab these books, however. The self-serve checkout counter will only all the book to be checked out to me because it is on hold for ME! This takes me TWO MINUTES. So easy!

Side Note on E-Readers: If you are an e-book reader, I am 95% sure that you can do the same with holds online. It’s even easier for you because you don’t have to go to the library and pick it up when it’s available. I’ve yet to jump on that bandwagon. I borrowed a friend’s old Kindle when I went to Ireland and it was Just Fine. I didn’t like having to keep it charged. We weren’t too bright that we only brought one adapter/converter! I do like the feel of a real book in my hands. I tried reading on my phone and just can’t do it. The sheer number of e-readers overwhelms me. And with tablets, I fear being distracted by something else I can do on it. That happens to me all the time with my phone!


I currently have about 40 books on hold! The ones that are on order by the library show that my place in queue is “0”. I have several books suspended because I know I won’t even be able to read that many books at once. One of the books I have on hold is Liane Moriarty’s Truly, Madly Guilty. I am 195th in line! There looks like there are close to 50 copies available in my county. And several are Lucky U books, of which you can read more about under the JoJo Moyes book I picked up in this post. So if I really wanted to read it now, I could check online to see if a Lucky U book was available and run and pick it up.

Here’s what I had put on hold and was able to read over the past couple of weeks!


Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright (fiction) – worth a read

I found Dancing with the Tiger on a book blog. The blogger was recapping the books she read in July and noted this one as her favorite. I promptly put it on my Library Hold List and was surprised that when they got the book in stock, I was the first one who got to read it.🙂 Brand new book! This is a fantastic, colorful debut work of fiction. I loved the short chapters that still made me want to continue reading. What I didn’t like was some of the Spanish used in the novel. I don’t speak Spanish; so I was lost on some of the phrases when they weren’t explained. Of course, I could figure some of them out by context or if it was similar to French, but not all

Wait. Scratch that. I found myself googling some of the phrases, which means I learned something, right?! I also liked learning about the world of Mexican masks.


On the Edge of Reason

On the Edge of Reason by Miroslav Krleža (fiction) – DNF

This one I did not get from the library, but thought I could read in between holds because it is a rather short book (less than 200 pages). “How did I come across this book?” you ask? It’s been on my bookshelf for about 10 to 15 years. Back then, I tried to order the sequel to Bridget Jones’ Diary, which is called The Edge of Reason. But whoops, not paying attention, I put the wrong used book in my cart. One word can make a difference!

I decided to give this book a shot because of the accolades on the back:

Paris had its Balzac and Zola; Dubin its Joyce, Croatia its Krleža… one of the  most accomplished, profound authors in European literature…

The Croatian Miroslav Krleža is amount the most neglected of the world’s great writers.

My new favorite word – folly. It is used often at the beginning of the book. Alas, I Did Not Finish this book. It was originally published in 1938. I sometimes need to push myself to read books that were written before me time. Right now, though, it’s back on the shelf for another day. I do intend to finish it, just not now.


Make Room for What You Love

Make Room for What You Love by Melissa Michaels (non-fiction) – skip it

Another brand new book from the library! This one was waiting for me, so it made me read Dancing with the Tiger faster. I wanted to be done before my hold deadline so I could just swap the books out. Not sure how I found out about this book – probably from an organizing blog? I often don’t remember where I hear of books, unless a friend recommends it.

I thought it landed in my hands at the perfect time because my husband was going out of town. Remember when I KonMari-ed my wardrobe the last time he was? I get into these kicks when he’s not around.🙂

What I learned is that I didn’t need this book. This surprised me, because I generally think of myself as a clutterbug. However, with the current change in circumstances at work and home, I was forced to change some habits! To be quite honest, I got annoyed after the first 60 pages or so that I skimmed the rest of the book.

There wasn’t anything revolutionary in here. The author focuses on simplifying, but then throws in so many questions to ask yourself and lists to make, that it is completely overwhelming as a reader! Most of the time she’d say, “Find ways to…” instead of just listing the ways to solve those problems.

I did like the little sideboxes with tips. And the one takeaway I did get from this book is that it’s indecisiveness that creates clutter. By not deciding what to do with something and putting it in a pile, you are actually deciding something – you are choosing clutter.

Still, there was a lot of generalizing going on, a lot of stating of the obvious {i.e. How do you feel when your house is cluttered? How would you feel if it wasn’t?} and a lot of repetition. The author has her own organizing and design blog. The book was written like I would write a blog post – like I’m talking to someone. In a book, it felt a little unprofessional. I think I would actually prefer to read her blog – with a little tip here or there, instead.



Night by Elie Wiesel (fiction) – must read

I’m sure I found this book a list of Short Books That Everyone Must Read. Or Books You Can Read in a Day. I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I hadn’t heard of it nor did I know it was true story, a personal account. It’s sort of a classic and one that I do agree that Everyone Must Read or that it should be part of a curriculum. It’s a powerful reminder of the hatred during the time of Nazi rule. I did read it in a day; but I’m a slow reader.  Many of you would have it completed in an afternoon. I have now put Wiesel’s subsequent works in this trilogy on hold at the library. But I’m also confused because books two and three appear to be works of fiction.


The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton (fiction) – DNF

I have no idea how I found this book; but it had great reviews. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it. I kept trying to push along, but kept getting distracted. Just like everything else in life, timing is everything. I do like the layout of this story and the mystery behind it. However, it’s just too slow for me right now. I’m more intrigued by the two books on hold at the library waiting for me to pick them up! Perhaps I’ll pick it up The Lake House again sometime down the road…

Have you used your library’s hold feature?

What would be on your hold list at the library?



Quebec City: Observations & Next Time


As a little endcap to our Quebec City scrapbook, I’d like to make mention of a few miscellaneous things we did, a few observations I made and a few notes for ourselves on what we’d do next time.

Not until I started writing this post did I realize that in our three nights in Quebec City, we popped into three Irish pubs! While it is the norm for us to find an Irish pub whenever we travel, our multiple stops in Quebec City were unintentional! In fact, none of them were planned. They just happened to be in our path when timing, hunger or an inability to make a decision rose…

Irish Pub #1

First up is Pub Claddagh. Here, we decided to try an Irish-style Poutine:

I loved the concept of having an Irish-style version in an Irish Pub in Quebec City. In fact, we found out that nearly every bar and restaurant has their own take on poutine. It’s probably why Rob didn’t order it as often as he thought he would.

Irish English Pub #2

On another occasion, we were just stopping for a drink. This was at Pub Saint-Alexandre, which I come to find out now is technically English Pub.


There is a Pub Chez Murphy’s now next door; but I just had the impression they were one in the same. We also got some fries to snack on here. {Can you see why I got so sick of fries!?} They weren’t very good anyway. But it was also very close to the touristy area, so I probably wouldn’t ever eat here again. Or if I did, I’d go with their cheese plate, which hails cheeses only from Quebec. I wasn’t too hungry at the time; otherwise, you know that would have been my choice!


Across the street was a restaurant called Les Trois Garçons which we noticed and were later recommended for burgers by an employee at Korrigane Brasserie. We learned that, especially in the touristy area, no one wanted you to walk in and try to find a seat at the bar. They had to seat you. It was a little annoying; but I had to realize it was part culture, part an attempt at crowd control.

I wasn’t too keen on going for burgers {more fries!} while we were in Quebec City; but it was on a night that we couldn’t make a decision and just needed to stop walking. The burgers were okay, but nothing you’d have to make a stop for. In fact, I did take photos, but they aren’t blog worthy.


Because of Rob’s obsessive love of Italian food {and my love for him}, we stopped on two separate occasions for Italian. Italian food in Quebec City? Yup. Both were good. One had great service. The other did not. Another observation: Service when you sit at the bar in Quebec is not at all like that in the U.S. Sometimes there is not a set bartender. Sometimes that bartender gets all the drinks and also has all the tables on the terrasse. So you don’t get a lot of interaction.

Irish Pub #3

Our last impromptu Irish Pub stop was probably our favorite of the three: Pub Saint-Patrick. We stopped here for a nightcap after one of our Italian dinners. They had such an extensive craft beer list! And I, not wanting anything too heavy after our Italian dinner, went with a cider instead…

IMG_7220Rob chose an absolutely amazing beer:

The Vache Folle {crazy cow!} Imperial Milk Stout is a high-alcohol creamy-goodness wonder. It was a perfect dessert!


I wish we’d have found a better cafe for breakfast coffee and croissants. Our hotel offered them; but you had to let them know the night before. We popped into Café Paillard one morning, as I had it written down as a recommendation; but it was more a chain type of place with absolutely no character. I was unimpressed.

However, what I do like are the espresso machines found behind nearly every bar!


This is often the case in Europe, but rare in the U.S. I would just love this option, especially after a heavy meal and drinks or when I am designated as sober cab!


I believe the whole world knows of the Canadians’ love of hockey. I thought I understood since I currently live in Minnesota, which is known in the U.S. as the “State of Hockey.” However, I did not. Keep in mind that we were in Quebec in July. Hockey news was displayed on every T.V. no matter where we went! The biggest news at the time: the trade of Canadiennes’ P.K. Subban. There was quite the uproar!


I know that the horse-drawn carriages, known as calèches in this quaint little town are supposed to offer a piece of history and a touch of romance to the visitor’s experience. You will also find these in the old part of town in Montreal. I read a few articles about them before our trip and I’ll have to agree. They are not exactly the most humane thing. I did see one driver having trouble “controlling” his horse and was beating him furiously, while the troubled tourists held on while their carriage went back and forth in every direction as the horse tried to evade each whip. NOT COOL.

Next Time:

I was really trying to be super relaxed about this trip and go with the flow. With a list of recommendations in hand, I thought we’d pick restaurants and things to do based on where we were at any give point in time. I regret this. There was too much indecisiveness on both our parts and it was just a little too relaxed. I also relied on my phone too much for maps and information when wi-fi wasn’t always readily available. I had a hard time keeping a charge on my phone more so than I ever had before.

So next time, I think we’d:

  • Enjoy Quebec City in the fall.
  • Get another hotdog at Inox.
  • Enjoy a cheese plate at the Chateau Frontenac with good wine or cocktails – worth the splurge!
  • Get more adventurous and try more traditional Quebecois foods like at Aux Anciens Canadiens.
  • Get a queue de castor (beaver tail) in Lower Town.
  • Book reservations at L’affaire est Ketchup – a popular restaurant that you need to have rez for at least several weeks in advance!
  • Eat less fries!
  • Try any, if not all, of the desserts at Pub du Parvis.
  • Wander the Parc de l’Esplanade or Plaines d’Abraham and perhaps take a picnic.
  • Go to the Le Cercle Bar or Bar la Nankasi for music.
  • Or any of the places I listed at the end of this post.

We made our way to the train station for our 3 and 1/2-hour train ride to Montreal.


The train ride was a much different experience from those I’ve had in Europe. There are actual car attendants that come around with food and drinks (for purchase). I felt more like we were on a flight.

I try not to have not to regret not doing something on my travels, but prefer to make notes for next time. That way, we learn from our mistakes and have some must-dos should we return!

What have you regretted when traveling?

My next post will be on Montreal, but until then, here are our other posts on QC, if you’d like to catch up!